Amy Hughes. from Shropshire, is in the process of running
53 marathons in 53 consecutive days in 53 Cities
and Towns in the UK all in aid of the Isabelle Lottie Foundation
She is now nearly finished and is heading back home.
Amy is from Oswestry and is running for a local charity. Anybody who would like to run or cycle a small or large
distance with her – the more the merrier……. She will be running her 49th marathon in Wrexham on Tuesday 23rd September then Wednesday 24th September in her home town of Oswestry – which will be her 50th consecutive marathon and then Llangollan her 51st marathon on Thursday 25th September.
Her website is www.53marathons.co.uk. The site shows all the cities Amy is running in and all about the Charity she is running this for. This is a massive challenge she has taken on and one I know she will complete. She is very keen to promote fitness in youngsters and I feel this will inspire a lot of people to take up running or another form of exercise.
Following a successful meeting in Aberystwyth in June, the Climate Change Commission for Wales’ next destination is Wrexham for two days of discussion, lectures, updates and planning. On the 24th and 25th of September, the Catrin Finch Centre in Wrexham will be home to this public meeting, to be chaired by Peter Davies, Chair of the Climate Change Commission for Wales, and will include presentations on climate issues and guest speakers.
The meeting coincides with the United Nations Climate Summit in New York which also takes place that week. Both events acknowledge that climate change is not a far-off problem. It is happening now and is having very real consequences on people’s lives. Climate change is disrupting national economies, costing us dearly today and even more tomorrow. But there is a growing recognition that affordable, scalable solutions are available now that will enable us all to leapfrog to cleaner, more resilient economies and communities.
Money seized from criminals will be used to create a pot of money available to organisations which help tackle anti-social behaviour and combat crime and disorder.
Following a successful trial last year, the scheme is being set up by North Wales Police and Crime Commissioner Winston Roddick CB QC, North Wales Police and the North Wales Police and Community Trust (PACT).
A total of £42,000 will be up for grabs – with £3,000 apiece for two groups in each county and £6,000 available for a group that operates across North Wales.
The Your Community, Your Choice initiative – otherwise known as the Participatory Budgeting Scheme – is being partly funded by the money recovered through the Proceeds of Crime Act, using cash confiscated from offenders with the rest coming from the Police Commissioner.
Community groups are being urged to apply between September 8 and October 10 using a form on the websites of the North Wales Police and Crime Commissioner and North Wales Police.
A shortlist of applicants will be chosen by a special panel and from November 1 members of the public will decide which groups to support with a vote via the two websites and a dedicated email address.
Students and staff at Ysgol Clywedog are celebrating as the number of pupils at the school gaining five or more GCSEs has risen for the second consecutive year.
The school, which has recently been selected for the Welsh Government’s Schools Challenge Cymru programme and will benefit from £500,000 worth of investment over the next 12 months, saw hundreds of pupils pour into the school to collect their results on the morning of 21st August.
Martin Hulland, Headmaster of Ysgol Clywedog, said: “The excellent results achieved by the students this year reflects the commitment and hard work of all the students and staff. They follow on from the positive progress we have made that was highlighted in our recent Estyn inspection.
“I would like to express my gratitude to all the staff, students, parents, governors and members of the local community for their unwavering support of the school, and for helping us follow our new direction for success.”
Every pupil at the school attained at least one qualification, while the number of students obtaining five A* to C grades has seen an improvement of 16% since 2012.
Aston Padley, Kamil Kuchniak, Wictoria Kauc, Jacob Morgan, Jessica Williams, Georgia Tew and Thomas Walley were among the students who achieved particular success with a string of A* and A grades.
For more details on schools around Wrexham visit www.wrexham.com
The British Ironwork Centre, based in Oswestry, Shropshire is renowned for its stunning sculptures and artwork and its most recent charity project involved the construction of a gigantic Gorilla sculpture from some 40,000 spoons kindly donated from youngsters in Britain and around the world. The unique cutlery creation was unveiled by His Royal Highness Prince Michael of Kent in May 2014 and will shortly be donated to a number of Children’s Hospitals and Hospices where it will delight and inspire poorly children.
Following discussions with the BBC, who kindly reported upon and televised its last project, it was decided that a natural progression might be to construct a sculpture from knives and to use this project for the greater social good.
Team discussions led to the development of the “Save a Life – Surrender Your Knife” campaign, which will see the Centre embark upon an extensive tour of UK cities during the coming months encouraging young people to relinquish their weapons in return for a t-shirt or hoodie bearing the “Save a Life-Surrender Your Knife” slogan. Surrendered knives will be used to create a spectacular 15-24 feet tall Angel statue in memory of those whose lives have been tragically lost to knife crime. The Centre will also be offering the opportunity to those surrendering their knives to visit the Centre and participate in the creation of this unique piece of art.
Knives have already begun to arrive at the Centre, with a flick-knife and carving knife coming from Oswestry alongside an anonymous donation of a knife collection of knives. Clive Knowles, British Ironwork Centre Chairman, said “We have been incredibly encouraged by the response to our campaign which really seems to have resonated with the general public – many people are genuinely concerned about knife crime and making our streets safer for everyone in our communities. Many people are keen to ensure that their knives, household or otherwise, are safely disposed of and do not find their way into the wrong hands.”